Monday 31 December 2012
Highlights: School bus transportation, New Year’s Eve
Taxis, buses and boats saw a major travelling day end up on the Caribbean Island of Caye Caulker part of Belize. Today I left Mexico after 23 days here, I feel I have a must greater understanding of this country even if I missed the drug war northern areas.
At 5.45 am my group of travellers set off by foot to the local bus station. We were travelling the first 4 hours on a comfortable ADO bus, later we learnt our comfortable by a comparison. A stop in Chetzumal saw us move to a local market via taxi.
From here we boarded a more basic bus, like an old school bus. We bought our bags onto the bus and packed them onto the last row. Beer was served on this particular bus at different times and we had the natural air conditioning of an open window. It was also standing room at various points. Andrea explained that the bus only had a loose time schedule. Welcome to real Central America travel 🙂
The moment we crossed the border you could tell the difference. Belize is an English speaking country and all the signs and advertisements bought that home. The border control officers were also easier to deal with with no language barrier. To get to the island we then caught a boat from Belize City, the capital of 70,000 people. From here it was a short walk to our hotel.
Andrea had organised a restaurant with a buffet dinner costing $15 USD. In Belize you can use either Belize dollars or US dollars with one USD worth two Belize dollars, change is give in local currency. This gave me a chance to use my emergency USD funds on the island. At dinner we booked our options for our stand of the island, I selected the snorkelling in two days time.
For New Year’s Eve we headed down to the happening place on this small island The Split. This bar is so name as this island ‘split’ from a small section now of the coast many years ago. E erroneous got into the spirit of the night, the girls in particular. Stephen was given a friendly push into the water by Josie at one point as well. The fireworks at midnight were great for the location, and around 20 seconds into the new year we got a very brief shower of 5 or so seconds which I thought was great timing 😉